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Charleston finally apologizes for its role in the slave trade


(CNN) — A mile from where ships dropped shackled Africans off by the thousands and inside a city hall built by forced labor, council members gathered Tuesday to finally apologize for Charleston’s role in the slave trade.

For the South Carolina city, the apology has been in the works for a long time. The City Council picked Tuesday to approve the resolution because it’s Juneteenth — a day that celebrates the abolition of slavery.

“The vestiges of slavery still plague us today,” Councilman William Dudley Gregorie told CNN affiliate WCBD. He brought the bipartisan resolution to the council.

“Either way, up or down, it will show the world — it will give the world a barometer of where we stand as a city in the 21st century as it relates to racial reconciliation,” he said.

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Charleston Apologizes for City’s Role in Slave Trade


Councilman Harry Griffin also said that the city needed to address other issues first. Mr. Griffin abruptly ended his comments after the crowd interrupted him when he said he would not support the resolution.

The resolution acknowledged that “fundamental to the economy of colonial and antebellum Charleston was slave labor, Charleston prospering as it did due to the expertise, ingenuity and hard labor of enslaved Africans who were forced to endure inhumane working conditions that produced wealth for many, but which was denied to them.”

Before the vote, dozens of people spoke in favor of the resolution. Some warned it should not be a last step, but one toward equality in the form of opportunities for black entrepreneurs and racial equity training.

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Charleston lawmakers to vote on resolution apologizing for city’s slavery past


(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — One southern city wants to apologize for its past.

City officials in Charleston, South Carolina, will vote on a resolution Tuesday that expresses regret for the centuries of human slavery that was administered and regulated by its former lawmakers.

“This is the modern city council which feels the need to make an apology for the institution of slavery in the city of Charleston,” Charleston councilman William Dudley Gregorie, who helped author and shepherd the resolution, told ABC News.

The three-page resolution will be voted on by the council’s 12 members. It needs a majority of seven votes to pass.

The language in the resolution explicitly takes responsibility for the “dehumanizing atrocities” that was condoned for centuries.

The resolution goes on to…

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Community members to participate in last walkthrough of old Afri – Live5News.com | Charleston, SC


On Friday, those in the community will participate in the “Grand Finale” of the 1900’s Long Point Road Schoolhouse walkthrough. (source:African American Settlement Historic Commission)

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On Friday, those in the community will participate in the “Grand Finale” of the 1900’s Long Point Road Schoolhouse walkthrough.

“We welcome the public to participate in the final walkthrough along with Present and Past Charleston County School board members, TOMP Elected officials, African American Settlement HIstoric Commission, College of Charleston and others,” John Wright, President of the African American Settlement Historic Commission, said.

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Caribbean culture celebrated in downtown Columbia – Live5News.com | Charleston, SC


Saturday, downtown Columbia saw a celebration of Caribbean culture, as many marched through the It’s the first year the parade has been held in the downtown area for the “Caribbean Culture Festival.” (Source: WIS)
Saturday, downtown Columbia saw a celebration of Caribbean culture, as many marched through the It's the first year the parade has been held in the downtown area for the "Caribbean Culture Festival." (Source: WIS)Saturday, downtown Columbia saw a celebration of Caribbean culture, as many marched through the It’s the first year the parade has been held in the downtown area for the “Caribbean Culture Festival.” (Source: WIS)

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Saturday, downtown Columbia saw a celebration of Caribbean culture, as many marched through the It’s the first year the parade has been held in the downtown area for the “Caribbean Culture Festival.”

It was followed by a block party on Main street. Organizers say education and a better understanding were the goals for Saturday’s…

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Couple: False shoplifting accusations by police and local busine – Live5News.com | Charleston, SC


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Javetta and Timothy Campbell remember shopping at Ulta Beauty in Mount Pleasant on June 2. 

However, they were floored when Mount Pleasant Police released their pictures to the media as shoplifting suspects.  A news release showed five pictures, four African-American women and one African-American man, and asked for the public’s help in identifying the people suspected of shoplifting more than $500 worth of merchandise from Ulta Beauty.

Javetta Campbell was traumatized by the news.

“An investigation should have been done before our pictures were plastered over news media, over Facebook,” she said. “Review the surveillance to see that we took nothing before you plaster our faces.”

“We have no reason to steal,” Timothy said. “We work hard for our…

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